Meet the team

With many decades’ combined experience, we have a strong desire to exceed expectations and it is our belief that exceptional service is an integral component to achieving longstanding, successful partnerships.

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Executive Director

Steve Lerigo

Mob: +44 (0)7384 461 820

Email: steve.lerigo@besso.co.uk

Steve joined Cyrus - a trading division of Besso Limited in December 2018 and heads up the team, focussing on all aspects of the business, particularly future strategy, day-to-day running of the team and working with his colleagues as one unit to ensure a personalised service, across both placing and claims.

He started his career at Lloyd Thompson (later JLT), in 1989 within Marine Claims, prior to joining Marsh in 2000, again within Claims. In 2005 Steve joined a new start up - Hanrahan Thomas, an appointed representative of Windsor Insurance Brokers, which became Windsor Partners Limited in 2007. Steve was a Senior Partner, with his role evolving away from day-to-day claims, to more front end/client facing and managerial, with a heavy emphasis on strategy and development of the business as well as the teams in both London & Hamburg offices. Following the sale of Windsor to Hyperion/Howden in 2012, the team became the Marine Division for Howden in London and in 2013, Steve assisted with the successful set-up of Howden Nederland, where he was a Board member until leaving Hyperion/Howden in November 2018.

During his time in the industry, he had also sat on various high profile committees within Hyperion, including the Executive Integration Committee, responsible for merging Howden with RK Harrison. Externally he was a member of the LIIBA Claims Committee. He also still manages to play for the Lloyd’s of London Cricket Club, even though his professional days in the game are many years behind him.

With the status of an accredited Mediator added to his C.V., Steve has been well-placed to serve clients since 1989 throughout Scandinavia, Europe, Far East/Asia Pacific, the Americas as well as the UK.

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Divisional Director

Carl Osbourn

Mob: +44 (0)7384 114 595

Email: carl.osbourn@besso.co.uk

Carl started his career in the insurance industry in 2005 at Marsh where he became responsible for handling and co-placing a number of diverse marine hull policies for international shipowners as well as developing war risks insurance solutions for some of the world’s largest drilling contractors.

In 2015 Carl joined Howden where he continued to broaden his experience into Protection & Indemnity and Charterers Liability interests and led the development of technology-driven solutions for some of the group’s largest retail clients.

Carl moved to Cyrus - a trading division of Besso Limited at its inception in September 2018 where his role has expanded to focus on front-end responsibilities to develop client relationships and assist with the team to drive the business forward.

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Senior Broker

Felix Schade

Mob: +44 (0)7741 313 193

Email: felix.schade@besso.co.uk

Information for Felix coming soon...

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Claims Manager

Paul Sinclair

Mob: +44 (0)7384 115 960

Email: paul.sinclair@besso.co.uk

Paul has over 10 years of experience in the Marine Insurance industry within the claims arena. Paul started his career in October 2008 as a claims handler for Windsor Partners Ltd which was later acquired by Hyperion Insurance Group.

During the 10 years Paul has gained knowledge of the Marine industry with a strong understanding of various aspects, including Hull & Machinery, Protection & Indemnity, War Risks, Increased Value, Ports & Terminals, Business Interruption and Reinsurance. Paul has handled claims for various types of vessels including, large bulk carriers, offshore support vessels, offshore installation vessels, livestock carriers, LPG & LNG vessels and passenger ferries as well as brown water, coastal vessels & yachts.

Paul joined Cyrus - a trading division of Besso Limited at its commencement in September 2018 with the responsibility for handling all Marine Claims.

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Gareth Morrow

Mob: +44 (0)7384 117 459

Email: gareth.morrow@besso.co.uk

Prior to joining the Cyrus team, Gareth spent over 16 years at Oakeshott Insurance Consultants as a key member of the London-based marine department of the Russia and FSU-specialist insurance broker.

During his time at Oakeshott, Gareth progressed from a trainee to Broker and Claims Manager.

Having handled extensive business on both the retail and wholesale sides, Gareth is experienced in broking Hull and Machinery risks into London and overseas markets, P&I placements with the International Group Clubs and Fixed Premium providers and has worked with clients and Underwriters in finding practical and amenable solutions for Builders’ Risks, War Risks, Kidnap and Ransom, Loss of Hire, IV, Yachts, Ports and Terminals, Marine Liabilities and Cargo.

Gareth has shared his knowledge of maritime claims and placements at seminars and conferences in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Gareth joined Cyrus - a trading division of Besso Limited in August 2019 with the responsibility for placement and development of marine insurance covers for our clients.

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Account Handler

Tom MacDonald

Mob: +44 (0)20 7265 3442

Email: tom.macdonald@besso.co.uk

Tom started his insurance career at RFIB in 2013, where his primary focus was supporting the Marine Cargo team which included production of market and client documentation, alongside working closely with a number of key international retail Cargo & Commodity managers.

In 2016, Tom joined the Marine division at Hyperion where he was responsible for the processing of all premiums throughout the department. This further developed into a full Account Handler role, where his focus shifted to handling and co-placing the full spectrum of marine insurance products for a variety of international shipowners and ship managers for a range of diverse vessel types.

Tom joined Cyrus - a trading division of Besso Limited in May 2019, maintaining his core responsibilities in an Account Handling capacity whilst now becoming more client-facing in his role.

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Divisional Director

Sean Woollerson

Mob: +44 (0)7803 858813

Email: sean.woollerson@besso.co.uk

Sean started his career in 1991 at Jardine Insurance Brokers International Limited (later JLT) in the marine division as an account handler.
His responsibilities included the development of business and new products and acting as Account Executive for a number of major ship owners and ship managers. A specialist in the placement of gas tonnage and also complex hull, war, business interruption and residual value (RVI) insurances.
In 2004 he joined the Marine Executive Committee to assist with the day to day management of the marine division. In 2007 he joined the company’s business development committee where he had a broader involvement in the global activities of the Group. His roles have enabled him to develop long established contacts in the international underwriting community across a number of classes of insurance.
In 1997 he was elected to become an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) and in 2010 became a Chartered Insurance Broker.
In July 2020 he joined Cyrus – a trading division of Besso Limited as a Divisional Director and Business Development Executive.